We got through the compost so fast that we decided to go get a yard of mulch from Topsoils NW ~ they have a beautiful dark black mulch that I love putting in my flower beds. For the first time in the almost 24 years I have been married to my hubby...he even WEEDED one of the flower beds. He was awarded by getting stuck in the face by a branch and now has a lovely cut on his face. I have little hope of him ever weeding again...but I sure appreciated his help on this day.
Here are some pictures of our weekend of work:
Our truck loaded with two yards of compost!
4 vegetable beds full of dark black compost. In a few months, I hope they are filled with tons of thriving vegetables!
It was then on to planting my broccoli, kale and cauliflower starts. I put 11 each starts of broccoli and cauliflower. I only planted 2 kale starts. I will grow more kale from seed beginning in a few weeks.
UPDATE: My broccoli, kale and cauliflower starts all died. I am not sure what I was thinking by taking them directly from a warm cozy home with a nice bright grow light and throwing them directly into the cold, wet dirt. OF COURSE I should have hardened them off first...complete brain freeze. Thankfully kale will grow from seed so I will replant that outside this weekend. I may or may not buy some broccoli or cauliflower starts...I'll think some more about it.
Here is my greenhouse all set up for this year. I have my onion starts in there. They seem to be doing fine. It is pretty amazing how much warmer it stays in that little space. I hope to grow radishes and lettuces all througout the winter next year.
I started one planter of cucumbers that are meant to be grown in the greenhouse. I will plant a second container in a week or two. The cucumber seeds came from Territorial Seed Company and are called Organic Manny Hybrid. Cukes have not done a thing for me in the past so I am really anxious to see how these work. (That's our yorkie, Beau, checking things out.)
Next up: in the next week I will be direct sowing lettuce, kale, spinach, carrot, peas and radishes. Just a week ago (last Sunday) it snowed a couple of inches ~ now it feels like spring. I hope spring keeps winning out.
Still under my grow light ~ 4 different tomatoes...which are growing like weeds!, a variety of herbs, a flat of miniature red peppers and my impatiens.
Easter decorations are up and gardening has begun...yahoo!